Engaging Early Career Professionals

Amidst the uncertainty of an ongoing pandemic, engaging and training entry-level employees is proving to be a serious challenge. In a recent article discussing how to upskill Gen Z and engage them in a post-pandemic workplace, the World Economic Forum notes that, “Gen Z employees are highly responsive learners, given the right tools and methods of learning.” As the number of Gen Z employees entering the workforce continues to rise, companies need to understand just how these emerging leaders learn. They should also focus on providing tools and executive coaching opportunities to help prepare and retain early career professionals. Here are a few tips to engage Generation Z in the workplace, and why it is so imperative for a sustainable future.


Gen Z is instinctually “plugged in,” relying on technology to connect, communicate, and consume information daily. According to a recent survey by IBM, 75 percent of Generation Z selected a mobile phone or smartphone as the device they use most, followed by laptops, desktop computers, and tablets. As a result, training should include an increased emphasis on leadership development and soft skills like writing, collaboration, and in-person interactions. Employers can also utilize technology to their advantage both when onboarding and engaging with Gen Z employees.

Hands-on Experiences

In addition to being naturally well-versed in technology, members of Generation Z also have a shorter span than prior generations (about 8 seconds, compared to 12 seconds for Gen Y). Knowing this information is valuable for employees because it allows them to tailor their training efforts to how Gen Z learns and what they require to be successful in the workplace. Instead of sitting through long lectures, this cohort of early career professionals benefits from hands-on experiences that are delivered in an easy-to-digest and technology-forward manner.

Executive Coaching

Executive coaching eases the transition for early career professionals and their employers, and it helps to develop and capitalize on the talents of this group of emerging leaders. In fact, the opportunity for coaching is expected by young individuals entering the workforce and helps to ensure organizational success long-term. A recent report in The Business Journals states that, “When companies implement a coaching program for employees, they attract and nurture top Gen Z talent.” If this does not align with your corporate goals, it should.

Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group has spent the past two decades delivering innovative and interactive approaches to leadership development for early career professionals, as well as providing comprehensive tools for those hiring and managing them. Through our multi-platform company, Looking Forward Lab, we provide in-person cohort learning and training, online courses, and group and individual coaching designed specifically for Generation Z. We also offer a community to network with and support each next step of learning. Visit our website for more information, or contact us and let’s talk!


Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC is a certified National Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Small Business Administration (SBA) Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Women’s Business Enterprise Network Council (WBENC) woman-owned company. The company is comprised of a suite of brands, including TDB Group Strategic Advisory, a management consulting firm, as well as Looking Forward Lab, which offers a full-service learning engagement model focused on Gen Z workplace development and support for their managers.


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